A Splash of Humor and a Dash of Asshole

The Stock Market

So you roll into work way too early in the morning, after being out way too late last night, and had way too many adult beverages. What makes you feel better? What gets you going? For some people it might be coffee, and for others it could be a couple bites of the previous nights bread or a quick splash of water on your face. For me it has to be the smell of veal stock gently bubbling away. It’s mind blowing that a pot of bones, vegetables, wine, water and herbs can turn into something so great.

Making stock is a true form of art. Bad stock can ruin so much. Whether it comes from under roasting the bones, using a crappy wine, or the biggest mistake of all, letting it boil and coagulating. It is one of those things that needs to be watched and taken care of at all times. It becomes the base for so many other things, it must be shown some love.

Every kitchen and every cook has his own tweaks and secrets to their stock making. Looking for a good starting point? Buy the Zuni Cafe Cookbook by Judy Rogers. It is simple and makes so much sense.

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